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Slow Cooker Chicken Sausage and Peppers

by Aggies Kitchen on November 15, 2012

My house has been under siege by some sickie germs the last few weeks. Like seriously under siege people…I’ve had at least one child home sick at least 2 days each week since the week before Halloween. They seem to be passing it back and forth to each other all while my husband and I are trying to stay out of the line of fire. Somehow he’s managed to stay healthy (knock on wood); I’ve had a few feeling run-down moments, but thanks to a few good nights’ sleep and daily shots of Emergen-C I seem to be managing fine as head nurse in charge.

I have to admit though, I’m kind of over it. I want my kiddos healthy and back in school. Like now.

I really can’t complain though. Thankfully the only symptom is a lingering fever, and for anyone who’s a mom of little ones, there is something about having your kids home sick from school – they become your babies again with lots of snuggles on the couch in front of the television or in your bed. I’m actually loving that part. It gives me a great excuse to be lazy. But I’m not so sure if that’s a good thing or not (don’t look now, but the laundry pile is getting pretty scary).

Speaking of lazy…this is truly the perfect dinner for any day you’re feeling a little lazy. This recipe kind of seems like a no-brainer but until yesterday, I’ve never actually prepared sausage and peppers in the crock pot. And I probably wouldn’t have made this if it weren’t for catching my friend Judy‘s tweet yesterday asking for ideas for a quick or make ahead dinner to put together for her family last night. I suggested sausage and peppers, knowing that you can pretty much prep it ahead of time and even cook it up early to reheat at dinner time if need be. She responded by saying that was what she was going to make…but in the crock pot. Well, you know what, I decided to do the exact same thing.

Everything cooked up so nicely together, the sausage was fork tender and there was just enough extra sauce to toss with some pasta I cooked up alongside it (for the record, my kids do not like peppers at all, so we worked around that for them). I would have loved to eat a plate of this with some nice crusty Italian bread, but I didn’t have any in the house, will have to plan that for next time for sure.

I happen to have fresh Italian chicken sausage in the freezer, but feel free to use pork or turkey Italian sausage as well.

Slow Cooker Chicken Sausage and Peppers

Your house will smell absolutely delicious while your slow cooker is working it's magic with this easy, family friendly and healthy recipe. Boil some pasta to serve along with the extra sauce, or simply serve with big chunks of Italian bread for a hearty yet easy weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 lbs fresh Italian chicken sausage
  • 3 bell peppers, sliced (I used a mix of green and yellow, feel free to use whatever you like)
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 15oz can Italian style diced tomatoes, slightly drained
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon pesto, optional
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add your chicken sausages to pan, cook on each side until browned, about 4-5 minutes total. Chicken sausage does not need to be cooked through. Set aside.
  2. Add sliced peppers, onions, tomatoes, sauce, seasoning, pesto and vinegar into your slow cooker. Gently stir to combine. Add your sausages to top of vegetable and sauce mixture. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Serve over pasta or with Italian bread.
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Heather (Heather's Dish) November 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

i’m 100% on board with anything slow-cooker related these days. it seriously makes dinner SO EASY!

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Cassie | Bake Your Day November 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I was raised on sausage and peppers…this is such a great meal. Love the slow-cooker twist!

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Erica November 15, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I adore peppers and onions and my husband doesn’t like either :( I am trying to slowly convince him that they’re delicious. I have him liking jalapenos now…Great meal! Hope all are feeling better

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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl November 16, 2012 at 7:46 am

I can’t wait to make this!! Sausage and peppers reminds me of Fenway Park and my years in Boston!!

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Bree November 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

Hope your house gets well soon! I love how easy this dish looks!

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Alyssa (Everyday Maven) November 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

We always had sausage and peppers (sometimes with egg too) sandwiches growing up but I’ve never made it in a slow cooker – sounds so good! Hope everyone gets better soon!

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gina @ skinnytaste November 16, 2012 at 10:51 am

I love chicken sausage, Premio makes a great one in my area!

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Clare November 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I love the slow cooker. It lets you do a million and one other things while your food gets good and ready. I never really tried sausage and pepper- it looks like a good one! Can’t wait to do it myself!

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Clare November 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm

yummm. ;)

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amanda @ fake ginger November 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Love this! Simple but delicious and a definite man-pleaser. Hope everyone gets better soon! :)

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emily (a nutritionist eats) November 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

YUM! Love meals like this. My Mom always does sausage + peppers and it is such a great combo.

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Minnie(@thelady8home) November 17, 2012 at 3:00 am

This sounds awesome, so flavorful. Top of it slow cooker recipe. That’s always welcome. :-D

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Joanne November 17, 2012 at 7:34 am

I hope everyone feels better soon!! And in the meantime, thank goodness for easy peasy delicious recipes like this! Looks great.

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JulieD November 17, 2012 at 8:05 am

I hope they feel better stat! This looks great, Aggie!! I am totally getting into chicken sausage lately!

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Erin@LawStudentsWife November 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I hope your family feels better soon!
Every time I use my crockpot, I wonder why I don’t bust it out every night of the week. Cheers to easy dishes that cook themselves. This looks very flavorful. Book marking for a weeknight dinner soon.

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leslie November 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Sorry your babies are sick. I hope they get better soon.
Love this dinner. cant beat a good slow cooker meal!

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carrian November 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Ugh! I’m so sorry. What would we ever do without emergen-c? And, I love that sausage adds a ton of flavor all on it’s own. Stick it with anything and you are good to go.

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frost December 9, 2012 at 8:15 am

that looks really good!

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Nancy Long December 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Sausage and Peppers; one of hubbies favorite dinners – have never tried in the crock-pot, but def will now

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Aggies Kitchen December 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm

that was a first time for me too, it was so easy, can’t wait to make again! Let me know if you try it out – happy new year!

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Nancy Long January 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

finally got around to making this today – hubby ate two helpings and 3 sausages
couple of changes – used reg. mild Italian sausage because hubby doesn’t like chicken sausage – didn’t drain any of the juice from the tomatoes and just added 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed w/3 tablespoons of water. added some garlic powder; next (yes, there will be a next time) time will add fresh garlic. didn’t have any pesto on hand and wasn’t going to make it for just 1 teaspoon. served over noodles w/fresh parmesan grated over. Hubby said he would like leftovers tomorrow maybe on a hoagie roll. don’t know if it was the slow-cooking or the Publix brand of sausage, but it was the tenderest Italian sausage I’ve ever had. Thank you Aggie

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Hi Nancy – so glad you got around to trying it! I agree, I think slow cooking it makes it so very tender! Your comment made me put this meal on the menu this week, such a good easy one to put together. Thanks so much for stopping back and letting me know! Very happy you enjoyed it :)

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Oh, and leftovers on a hoagie roll would be exactly how I would want it. YUM

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SarahS January 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Over the holidays I made the slow-cooker peppers and sausage recipe and served it with pasta. There was not a drop left. My husband and two college-age boys loved it and probably would have eaten twice as much! This is a real winner (and fast, easy and carefree) and will be added to our favorites!

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Aggies Kitchen January 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Hi Sarah! This makes me so happy! It also makes me want to make it again :) (for all the reasons you mentioned!) Happy New Year to you and thanks so much for the note.

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Nancy Long January 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

posted this on Pinterest and would love to post on my FB page, but there doesn’t seem to be a link and those are the only 2 media sites I use. Thanks again for the recipe.

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